Is your work schedule making you fat?
- By Dana Boone
- Nov 01, 2017
Working the night shift typically comes with extra pay as a perk. But shift workers also get something unintended and unwanted—an increased risk of obesity.
Night shift workers experience a 29 percent increased risk of becoming overweight and obese, according to an analysis of 28 studies about shift work and its ties to obesity published in Obesity Reviews.
That’s likely startling news for nearly 1 billion workers globally who are engaged in shift work, which puts many of them at risk for serious chronic diseases, researchers found.
Night shift workers also have a higher incidence of carrying the extra weight in their abdomens, which is associated with a variety of health problems, including cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Avoiding exposure to long term night shift work could lessen the risks associated with obesity, researchers suggest.